A bench at Wetlands Park under which a stash of cash was located in a scavenger hunt on Tuesday, June 3. (Erik Ho/FOX5)
Heather Powell, who found the first hidden stash of cash, shows the envelope that contained the money June 3, 2014. (Erik Ho/FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
The hidden cash giveaways that have been popping up around the country have made their way to Las Vegas.
The phenomenon took off a few weeks ago in the San Francisco area when a man hid a few hundred dollars and tweeted out hints about the money's location.
People in other cities followed suit, and on Tuesday a Las Vegas man brought people to Wetlands Park in a hunt for cash.
"I happened to be on my phone and saw tweets about it. I figured why not. I wasn't doing anything else," said Heather Powell, who discovered the stash of cash.
Powell was enjoying a day off when she noticed people on Twitter talking about a new account, @HiddenCashVegas. The clues led her to Duck Creek Trail at Wetlands Park. Several people were searching, but she located the cash.
"I happened to bend down and check underneath [a park bench]. I opened it and there was $40 inside," she said.
There was also a note asking she pay it forward.
"I think it's pretty awesome that somebody else is trying to bring it to Vegas, bringing something positive and trying to get people to pay it forward," Powell said.
Not everyone is on board, however.
"I just would hate to see the name ruined because people want to play a game and waste their time looking for these little envelopes of money," said philanthropist Marcus Mitchell.
Mitchell has been paying it forward around Las Vegas for more than five years in honor of his late wife, who died of cancer.
His performs random acts of kindness with the intention of inspiring and creating a ripple effect. He worries the true message is lost in scavenger hunts.
"Paying it forward is not a game or social experiment. It should be something that's a personal experience from the heart and given to the receiver," he said.
Still, the spirit has caught on with Powell, who says she intends on paying the find forward.
"Hopefully, if I'm ever out somewhere and I notice something, I'll pop it out and help someone in need," she said.
The man behind the Twitter account said he did not want to be interviewed and added that he is not rich. Rather, he just wanted to do something kind with the hope that the spirit will catch on around the Valley.
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